Lawsuit against Monroe County claims police brutality

county_monroe_greenBy Ray Van Dusen

Monroe Journal

ABERDEEN – Monroe County has been named as the defendant in a complaint filed in Monroe County Circuit Court.

Plaintiff Joshua Brook Page, of Aberdeen, alleges that unnamed Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies tackled him to the ground, placed him in handcuffs and proceeded to mercilessly beat him while calling him an obscenity, according to the complaint.

The incident allegedly occurred Oct. 17, 2012, after deputies were dispatched to Page’s residence for an alleged domestic dispute call where Page was standing in the backyard.

The court order was filed Dec. 20, 2013, and the board of supervisors was informed last week that the county had been served.

The complaint continues to claim deputies covered Page’s head and face with a sweatshirt so that his family would not see the damage they had inflicted.

According to the complaint, Page suffered severe injuries from the beating including fractures to his head, chipped and loosened teeth and swelling and bruises in multiple locations.

Page is asking for actual damages in an amount to be determined by a jury, but no less than $500,000. He is further asking for actual and punitive damages against the individual defendants in an amount to be determined by a jury.

T.K. Moffett is the attorney for Page.

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